Brock McLean

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Brock McLean
Personal information
Full name Brock McLean
Nickname(s) Chooka
Date of birth (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 28)
Original team Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft #5, 2003 National Draft, Melbourne
Height/Weight 184cm / 84 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004–2009
2010–2014
Total
Melbourne
Carlton
094 (39)
063 (37)
157 (76)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.

Brock "Chooka" McLean (born 11 March 1986) is an Australian rules footballer who played with the Melbourne Football Club and the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Early life[edit]

McLean played his underage football with Aberfeldie in the Essendon District Football League and Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup.

He was a graduate of the AIS/AFL academy, and member of the U18 International Rules team in 2003.

McLean was recruited by the Melbourne Football Club, selected in the 2003 AFL National Draft with the club's first round selection (#5 overall) and Melbourne's second selection overall, owing to a pick in the priority round.

AFL career[edit]

Melbourne[edit]

McLean debuted for Melbourne in 2004, showing instant maturity and decision making ability quickly. He also became one of the most consistent midfielders in the side. A supergoal in the NAB Cup signalled McLean would be a force in the AFL, finishing the season with nine games.

In his second year, McLean finished fourth in the 2005 AFL Rising Star. He finished with 20 games for the year and polled an impressive nine Brownlow Medal votes in just his second year of football.

McLean's 2006 season was interrupted by leg and hamstring injuries, but when playing he had immediate impact and was sorely missed when not available for selection.

McLean started the 2007 season in the worst possible way, sustaining a serious foot injury in round one, playing against St Kilda. The injury kept him out of the majority of the first half of the season. In this period, Melbourne proceeded to lose its first nine games. Once returning to the field, McLean again managed to gather numerous possessions.

McLean injured ligaments in his ankle in a tackle during Melbourne's Round 14 match against Brisbane in 2008. Although McLean returned to the field later in the match, it was later declared that he would require surgery, ending his season.[1] Although McLean finished the season with only 14 games, he ran a close second in Melbourne's best and fairest.

Carlton[edit]

At the end of the 2009 season, McLean was traded to the Carlton Football Club in exchange for its first round selection (No. 11 overall) in the 2009 National Draft. McLean had requested to be traded, and he revealed in an interview in 2012 that his primary reason was that he did not enjoy what he saw as a losing culture at Melbourne – particularly towards the end of the 2009 season, a time when Melbourne was perceived by football journalists to have tanked in order to secure a priority draft pick.[2]

McLean made his debut for Carlton in the first round of 2010, but niggling injuries and knee surgery restricted McLean's playing time for the rest of 2010.[3] He was healthy throughout 2011, but played the majority of the season for Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants. He played a total of nineteen games for the Bullants through the season, and won the Laurie Hill Trophy as best and fairest.[4] Despite this good form at VFL level, he could not gain regular selection for Carlton, playing only four AFL matches for the year.

After playing only eleven games in his first two and a half years at Carlton, McLean gained regular selection at Carlton after Round 9, 2012, and played every match for the rest of the season,[5] ultimately finishing fourth in the best and fairest.[6]

McLean was delisted at the conclusion of the 2014 AFL season.[7]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2004 Melbourne 5 9 5 4 54 25 79 12 22 0.6 0.4 6.0 2.8 8.8 1.3 2.4
2005 Melbourne 5 20 6 3 177 117 294 73 63 0.3 0.2 8.9 5.9 14.7 3.7 3.2
2006 Melbourne 5 18 14 4 248 154 402 93 78 0.8 0.2 13.8 8.6 22.3 5.2 4.3
2007 Melbourne 5 14 4 3 157 97 254 45 60 0.3 0.2 11.2 6.9 18.1 3.2 4.3
2008 Melbourne 5 14 3 4 177 154 331 58 54 0.2 0.3 12.6 11.0 23.6 4.1 3.9
2009 Melbourne 5 19 7 1 214 197 411 74 81 0.4 0.1 11.3 10.4 21.6 3.9 4.3
2010 Carlton 7 6 2 2 41 66 107 20 31 0.3 0.3 6.8 11.0 17.8 3.3 5.2
2011 Carlton 14 4 1 2 23 39 62 13 23 0.3 0.5 5.8 9.8 15.5 3.3 5.8
2012 Carlton 14 15 10 8 179 209 388 78 78 0.7 0.5 11.9 13.9 25.9 5.2 5.2
2013 Carlton 14 22 15 13 254 210 464 105 77 0.7 0.6 11.5 9.5 21.1 4.8 3.5
2014 Carlton 14 16 9 13 182 125 307 66 49 0.6 0.8 11.4 7.8 19.2 4.1 3.1
Career 157 76 57 1706 1393 3099 637 616 0.5 0.4 10.9 8.9 19.7 4.1 3.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sportal.com.au/afl-news-display/season-over-for-mclean-51578
  2. ^ Hayes, Mark; Timms, Daryl (31 July 2012). "AFL to interview Brock McLean over tanking claims". Herald Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1063639
  4. ^ "Laurie Hill Trophy". Northern Bullants Football Club. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Brock McLean - Player Statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Scotland wins his first Best & Fairest". Carlton Football Club. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Carlton list changes". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Brock McLean's player profile at AFL Tables

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